WASHINGTON. The #MeToo movement appears to have landed with a loud thud on the doorstep of former Vice President Joe Biden. Nevada Democrat Lucy Flores says that when she ran for Lieutenant Governor in 2014, Biden showed up to give her campaign a, well, hand.
At a campaign event, Flores noticed the vice president getting “close to me from behind. He leaned further in and inhaled my hair. I was mortified,” she wrote in The Cut.
A bit touchy about the touching
This and other revelations of his touchy-sniffy proclivities are proving problematic for Biden, threatening his front-runner status among the chorus line of Democrats seeking their party’s 2020 presidential nomination.
For years, conservative journals recounted the vice president’s strange – creepy even – tendencies. In photo-op after photo-op, Biden stands uncomfortably close behind women, grasping their shoulders tightly, whispering sweet nothings in their ears or jamming his nose into the back of their heads, filling his lungs with the scent of their hair.
The females on the receiving end look bewildered and, yes, often fear-stricken.
This form of fetishism is trichophilia, which is the sexual arousal in some at the mere sight of hair. Although this fetish can afflict women, it predominates in males.
The website Fetish Connections says such “enthusiasts” express having “an interest since childhood and are especially interested in shampoo commercials on TV.”
It’s all in his head
So, maybe, Biden’s odd behavior may, in fact, be medical. Clearly, the former V.P. has not been medically diagnosed nor do we portend that we have personal information on Biden’s fetishes.
However, back in May of 1988, he underwent surgery to repair an aneurysm in the right portion of his brain. Oddly, he had undergone the same procedure three months earlier within his brain’s left hemisphere.
In a paper titled “Personality Changes Following Brain Artery Aneurysm Surgery,” the Zagreb University study found that such patients suffered…
“… reduced self-control and self-direction… disinhibition in expressing emotions, socially improper behavior and ignoring of social rules.”
In a statement to the press, Biden admits to offering…
“… countless handshakes, hugs, expressions of affection, support and comfort. And not once – never – did I believe I acted inappropriately.”
The statement is problematic in that it completely disregards the spine-tingling uneasiness experienced by the female recipients of all those “expressions of affection.” Instead, Biden’s declaration centers exclusively on the self-gratifying “intention” behind his actions.
Biden seems to be saying, “If it was good for me, who are these women to complain?”
And itchy finger on the nuclear trigger
Back in 2018, columnist Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Inquirer wrote that President Trump was “not well.” Bunch was insisting it is “vitally important – not just for America but for the world – that the House and Senate curb the president’s ability to unilaterally start a nuclear war.”
And, according to Bunch soon. Before “Donald Trump’s agitated and disturbed mind deteriorates any further.”
Clearly, Bunch is a tad overheated that his candidate Hillary Clinton lost the presidency. But the mental state of Vice President Joe Biden is clearly a concern with implications that extend well beyond the confines and petty concerns of the #MeToo movement.
For eight years, Joe Biden was a mere heartbeat from the presidency. Now, a man clearly lacking in inhibitions and self-control would like to walk up behind it, grab it by the shoulders, and breathe deep its scent of unequaled power.
Top Image: Stephanie Carter, wife of former Defense Secretary Ash Carter,
gets the Biden treatment during her husband’s swearing-in ceremony in 2015. CBS News screen capture.